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Understanding DNA Damage Response or DDR and Cancer Treatment
What is DNA Damage Response or DDR?
Join a Support Group: “Connecting with others in an online support group was essential for my emotional wellbeing during a very overwhelming time. Sometimes I participated in the conversation, and often it was comforting to merely read other patients’ experiences to know that I was not alone.” –Cancer Survivor
Avoid Misinformation: Medical Advice Needs to Come from the Experts: Well-meaning friends and family members will share their experience and information they have read. But when it comes to medical advice, that needs to come from your doctor.
Get a Second Opinion, Ask Questions!A second opinion is an important part of becoming educated about your cancer and your treatment options. The more you can learn about your diagnosis and your treatment options, the better chance you have of receiving the most appropriate treatment. Continued advances have made cancer more treatable than in the past, but there are also many more treatment options and more complicated procedures. Advances in Genomics, Genetics, Immunotherapy and Precision Medicine are continuing at a rapid pace. Getting a second opinion will help you understand these options and help you make an informed decision about which is best for you. Second opinions will not offend competent physicians. Second opinions will, however, provide reassurance to you and your family and ultimately allow you to receive the most appropriate therapy.
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